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The Lake Region Farmer, May 15, 1958 stated, "Newest idea for a centennial feature is a time capsule to be buried in the courthouse lawn for the next 50 years."

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And now...here we are! It's time to unearth the time capsule. Tuesday, June 24 will be a monumental celebration in Alexandria with the official opening of the 1958 time capsule at 5:30 p.m.

A slate of entertainment, including music, student essay readings and comments by local and state officials will start at 11:30 a.m. on the courthouse lawn.

The event is sponsored by the Douglas County Historical Society, as we proudly celebrate Alexandria and Douglas County history.

According to the Farmer, the 1958 time capsule was a "novel idea," and people were invited to submit their family histories, business, church and organization histories as part of the centennial celebration.

People who remember their parents or grandparents submitting information will be able to check out what is found during the evening of the ceremony. Contents will be on display at the Douglas County Historical Society, 1219 Nokomis Street in Alexandria, where they will be preserved forever.

A new time capsule containing sesquicentennial memorabilia, Douglas County history, and "new era" items will be buried during the ceremony.

Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the day on the courthouse lawn. An old-fashioned ice cream social, sponsored by Henry's Foods, and a lemonade stand, co-sponsored by the historical society and Elder Network, will provide refreshments. Area organizations including Zetetic Club and Golden K will help serve the ice cream and lemonade.

Although the park department is providing picnic tables, bring your lawn chairs, picnic blankets and plan on spending the entire day!

The Runestone Rockettes and Sweet Adelines will be featured, and the Theatre L'Homme Dieu children's troupe will present Pinocchio.

The Jazz Combo, a select jazz ensemble based in St. Cloud and made up of outstanding jazz students from several area schools, will also perform.

Livewire Entertainment of Alexandria is helping the city celebrate by donating Sound Reinforcement services for all the various acts throughout the day.

Between acts Livewire will play music from local, regional and internationally-known artists who have roots in Minnesota.

The Alexandria Area Arts Association lobby will also be open that day from 1 to 5 p.m. so the public may view the ALEX150 exhibit.

Were you at that time capsule ceremony in 1958? If you were, stop in at the historical society and share your memories of that day. You are a part of history!

Time Capsule Day on the

Douglas County Courthouse Lawn

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

11:30 a.m. - Music by Emergency Stop.

Noon - Runestone Rockettes.

12:30 p.m. - Presenting of the Colors by American Legion Post #87.

Welcome by Sesquicentennial Association.

City Proclamation read by Mayor Dan Ness.

County Proclamation read by Commissioner Dan Olson.

Jefferson High School Carolers

1 p.m. - Theatre L'Homme Dieu Children's Troupe presents Pinnochio.

2 p. m. - Oratory by Knute Nelson.

2:30 p.m. - Big Band/Jazz Combo concert.

3:30 p.m. - Music by Livewire Entertainment.

4 p.m. - Student essay readings by Tom Fleming's Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition classes.

4:30 p.m. - Runestone Rockettes

5:15 p.m. - Comments by Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission Chair Cay Shea Hellervik and greetings from local/state officials.

5:30 p.m. - Official time capsule ceremony.

6 p.m. - Sweet Adelines.

Retiring of the Colors by American Legion Post #87.

6:30 p.m. - Big Band/Jazz Combo Concert.

Other dates to remember:

June 21, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and June 22 at 2 p.m. - Good Deeds and Great People performance at the Alexandria Area Arts Association.

Sunday, June 22 - Church service at City Park at 11 a.m., sponsored by First Lutheran Church.

Monday, June 23 - Vintage Profiles in Hair and Fashions 1858 - 2008 at Bethesda Lutheran Church, sponsored by Hair Profiles and Relay for Life.

Wednesday, June 25 - Old-time Baseball with the Alexandria Beetles at Knute Nelson Ballpark, 6:05 p.m.

Saturday, June 28 - Day in the Fort at Runestone Museum, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Beard contest judging and finale, sponsored by Kyle's Barbershop at 2:30 p.m.

Root Beer Float Concert at Jefferson High School, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 29 - Vikingland Band Festival, Broadway, 1:30 p.m.

On-going through June - ALEX150 Exhibit at the Alexandria Area Arts Association lobby, 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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